Finalist's Announced and Voting Now Open For the People's Choice Awards

SYDNEY, N.S. – The Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the finalists for the 2022 Excellence in Business Awards, with the winners announced during the awards gala at the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre on Friday, October 21st, 2022. 

The local business community continues to raise the bar each year, demonstrating outstanding community impact and economic growth within the CBRM, and the island as a whole. Our  judging committee consisted of 10 local business leaders and organizations throughout the CBRM. 

The finalists for each category are:

Business of the Year

  • Fired Creations
  • Lindsay Construction
  • Membertou Development Corp
New Business of the Year

  • Island Dog Lodge
  • North Star*
  • Port City Grocery
Jack Yazer Young Entrepreneur of the Year

  • James MacDonald and Joseph Matheson- JJ’s Plant Based Eats
  • Kat Guthro- Port City Grocery
  • Rochelle Simmons- Sawyer + Sunny
Innovation and Advancement Award

  • 45 Drives
  • JJ’s Plant Based Eats
  • NSP Makerspace
Beyond Borders Exporter of the Year 

  • Clearwater Seafoods
  • Copol International
  • Sundaylace Creations
Community Impact Award

  • Eltuek Arts Centre
  • Highland Arts Theatre
  • Serein Salon
Social Enterprise of the Year

  • Breton Ability Centre
  • New Dawn Enterprises
Workplace Excellence Award 

  • Anchored Ideas
  • Better Bite Cafe
  • Haley Street Adult Services Centre
Charitable Committee or Organization of the Year

  • Hospice Palliative Care
  • Membertou Men’s Society
  • Molly’s Mission
Newcomer Entrepreneur of the Year 

  • Joshua de Leon- D’Theatre Korean BBQ and Grill
  • Kalie Wang- Urban Grow Farms
  • Sajive Kochhar- Ammy’s Takeout
Schwartz Family Business Person of the Year

  • Deanna Lloy
  • Michelle Aucoin
  • Tracie Breski
Economic Development Leader of the Year

  • Eskasoni Corporate Division
  • Sydney Downtown Development Association
  • Verschuren Centre Inc.


In addition to these well deserving finalists in their respective categories, voting opens today to the public for the 2022 People’s Choice Awards, presented by the Nova Scotia Association of Realtors! These categories include:

  • Favourite Place to Shop in CBRM
  • Favourite Place to Eat in CBRM
  • Favourite Community Project in CBRM
  • Best Customer Service
  • Best Social Media Channel

Vote for your favourite today! 

“Part of the Chamber’s mission is to cultivate positivity within the Business Community of the CBRM. I think this is one of the things we do very well at the Chamber. These businesses were nominated by their peers, and judged by a panel of business and organization leaders who can attest, firsthand to the work and creativity it takes to be an entrepreneur. We, and the judging committee were impressed and inspired by all of the good work being done in our community, it was truly an inspiring exercise to go through each of the nominations.” says Jenna Lahey, CEO of the Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Our community continues to grow, but not just grow, change and become more diverse in it’s business offerings, it’s a really exciting time to be in Cape Breton. We hope each and every one of this year’s nominees feel appreciated and valued for the significant contributions they are making to the community. We are very excited to celebrate all of them on October 21st.” says Lahey.

The awards gala will take place during Small Business Week on the evening of Friday, October 21st, 2022, with a reception at 6 p.m. and the dinner & gala beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre. Tickets are on sale today!  

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the awards night. The Chamber encourages businesses to reach out to them directly if they are interested in promoting their business at this event. Please contact Jenna at [email protected] or 902-564-6453. 


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Jenna Lahey


Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce

902-564-6453 | [email protected]